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Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs School

Private | PK-8 | 338 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $275,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,580.

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Posted May 1, 2014

They are two kindergartens that are merged to form the higher grades; so you have 36, 34 students starting first grade with one teacher and an assistant. If a kid leaves, he/she is replaced by two more kids. There is no one to cover lunches nor recess, so if parents can't volunteer the kids are stuck watching movies unable to move out of their desks for hours and if they do there is hell to pay. They refer to the kids as the bad or good group. You can hear the yells from the third and fourth grade teachers through the hallways. Parents are unhappy, teachers are miserable, under paid and over work and take out their frustration with the kids, who are then punished for absolutely everything.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 1, 2014

Do you strive for mediocrity? Do you want 35-plus students in your child s class? Do you enjoy being hounded constantly for money because the administration is too scared to just raise tuition rates? Do you want your child to be treated like a second-class citizen by his/her teacher because you are too busy to volunteer to supervise lunch? Do you want to get letters home saying your child s class will not go to recess because there are no parent volunteers available to supervise? If the answer to these questions is yes, then OLQM is for you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2011

We are very happy at OLQM; most importantly our son is also very happy at his school. Academic excellence is stress in a loving, nurturing environment.
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Posted June 13, 2011

This school was the best in preparing my children for high school and college. The teachers were nurturing. My children learned how to give back to your community. They were taught respect and courtesy.They are now in grad school and college and their foundation at Our Lady Quenn of Martyrs have made two wonderful people. Class size was not a factor in their learning. The teachers are the best! I would highly recommend this school.
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Posted March 30, 2011

We were disappointed when we saw the large class size for the first (more than 35 kids) and second grade. Our child started in one of two small kindergarten classes and then was combined into a single very large first grade class. Parents are afraid to say anything for fear of being singled out and unless you are part of te inner circle you feel isolated. We pray that things will change.
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Posted October 20, 2010

My children go to this school and I am very pleased with the quality of the instruction. The principal is very dedicated and works hard to make sure that the school provides a nurturing environmnent while also giving students the tools to become well rounded individuals. New programs are added, existing ones are constantly reviewed & updated, resources are continuously improved (textbooks, activities, etc) and the school feels like a close-knit community.
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Posted February 1, 2010

Amazing School, The kids are so innocent even in the older grades!!! When I bring my daughter to school I can see the warmth as all the kids greet each other with hugs, Amazing school in an amazing neighborhood. #1 Parochial in Queens!!
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Posted November 19, 2009

My daughter is graduating this year. the school has a great record in placing kids in high schools, and prepares them well for the future. Smart boards are in most classrooms, and the students score high on state-wide and Terra Nova exams. Every student I spoke to that are in high school say they were well prepared and the adjustment to H.S. level work including honors and AP classes was seamless, while kids from other schools seemed to have a harder time adapting to the work. I am very happy with the nurturing and educational experience my daughter has had at OLQM since her enrollment in 1st grade!
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Posted September 1, 2009

Twenty years ago the school was very good, but when a school stands still and the curriculum and requirements advance a school falls behind. OLQM needs to respond to the changes and bring the curriculum, textbooks and instruction up to date or it will remain a below average school.
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Posted April 15, 2009

Great School. Caring and qualified faculty. Well behaved students. My only complaint is the school is over crowded. 1st grade has over 30 kids with 1 teacher and 1 aide
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Posted September 13, 2008

They focus too much on religion and less on studies, they teachers are decent. I will say this, there is a lot of parents involved and they do have good extracurricular activities. You wil gett a better education at a Public School

Posted February 4, 2008

Best students, best faculty, best administration and parent support in the area. After school programs are being offered and are worth the extra money. The children are accepted into the best Catholic and public schools in the City. New York state testing scores are the best at the Catholic school level in the area. Worth the money, I am glad I made the investment! My child loves to go to school and exits each day with a smile...this is worth every penny!
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Posted February 2, 2008

OQLM is a wonderful school. Mrs. Foerstch is the best teacher I have ever met in my life. She is so dedicated to her work and my son adores her. I think this is the best catholic school in Queens for the level of education provided.
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Posted December 9, 2007

This school is amazing. The teachers are very dedicated to the students, and its just wonderful. Ok, sure, thy don't have sports or anything, but thats what travel teams are for.All in all, this school is the best catholic elementary school in all of queens, to me!
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Posted November 1, 2007

My son is currently enrolled in Pre-K and absolutely loves going this school. Though I was/am concerned of the large class size, I can't say enough of Mrs. Kaminsky and her drive and commitment to teaching these children. I understand that parents are quite happy with the Kindergarten class as well, so for now, I hope to keep him there next year.
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Posted May 7, 2007

I am very dissapointed with this school. My daughter graduated from this school and my son is currently attending OLQM. The cuality of the teachers have gone down. School do not have sports, or other extra curriculum activities. I would have to say that there are some good teachers left in this School but for the money that you are paying to the School, they need to work harder.
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Posted December 5, 2006

This is a great school and it seems that every year, it just keep improving. Finally, a real art and music teacher this year. The new PE teacher is wonderful too. I am glad my daughter is at OLQM!
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Posted July 12, 2006

OLQM is a wonderful school. I have 2 children there.The teachers are experienced and kind. My children are getting a wonderful education and the afterschool program is excellent.It can be a great sacrifice to pay for private school but I definetly feel we are getting our moneys worth and I feel they are always safe and cared for!
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Posted February 15, 2006

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs is a school which i have been attending for quite a while now. Personally i do not think that any school is better. You gte what you pay for. Highly Educated Teachers who make learning fun. Amazing art and music classes taught by very creative teachers, and even down to your PE classes tend to be like none other.
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Posted April 13, 2005

Both my children are attending this school and the quality of the education for the past several years has been wonderful. However the teacher/student ratio is about 25 to 1 which I belive is quite high.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 30% 21%
White 25% 52%
Asian 22% N/A
Two or more races 15% N/A
Black 8% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Anne Zuschlag
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  • Roman catholic
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72-55 Austin Street
Queens, NY 11375
Phone: (718) 263-2622


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